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With the national focus on new work opportunities, South West Gnó Skillnet in conjunction with a Galway based firm are running an innovative training programme for jobseekers and the self-employed, based on building a successful business using the internet. Supported by Southwest Gno Skillnet, the training programme will take place in the Oranmore Lodge Hotel on Thursday 29 September from 7 – 10 pm.

This introductory programme will outline to participants exactly how they can build a successful web-based business without needing external web design or IT support. It covers the necessary steps from developing a site concept right through to making a consistent income on the web. Designed for people from all age groups and backgrounds, it will give them the opportunity to explore in detail the concept of self -employment based on selling through the internet. This can be learned with basic computer skills and without any technical expertise on the part of those participants.

“The internet is so important for business today”, says Ann Halloran, Managing Director of Galway based training firm In-Tuition, “and it is a major wave of the future for businesses of all types. At present in Ireland, Google is the first port of call for 48% of browsers sourcing new products and services, and social media sites such as Facebook are increasingly important.”

“People who understand how business is conducted on the web and who know how to motivate browsers to action, will have a huge advantage as deeper broadband penetration encourages more people to purchase through the web”, she says. “This is an innovative approach – totally unique in the region – to creating employment. We believe that we can help many people achieve financial security by building their own web based businesses, rather than relying on others to create jobs for them”.

Programme places are limited and early booking is advised. For further information and to book your place contact Ann on 087 8126922.

Contact: Dónal Mac an tSíthigh,
Network Manager,
South West Gnó Skillnet

[email protected]

066 9156100 or 087 6975008

Skillnets Limited

Established in 1999, Skillnets has a unique ethos and approach to the delivery of enterprise-led training and upskilling programmes for industry. The Training Networks Programme (TNP) funds demand-led training through a network model, where companies from networks representing specific industry sectors or geographical regions co-operate to deliver training programmes specifically designed and adapted to current market requirements.

Since 1999, Skillnets has facilitated over 43,000 Irish enterprises, in over 300 networks to improve the range, scope and quality of training and allowed over 200,000 employees to upskill and meet their work related training needs.

In 2009 Skillnets embarked on designing a new programme with a renewed focus on the desired skills set for Ireland Inc. to continue to be a global player through new themes for the programme, an expansion of the profile of trainees and a funding model that delivers greater value for public funds. The new themes, whilst continuing to address increased productivity and competitiveness focus on workers mobility and employability, emerging priority sectors, company diversification/transferability into different sectors and key competencies/skills for European workers.

A pioneering new feature of the programme is the provision of training for unemployed people. Unemployed individuals will train with those in employment, thereby enhancing their knowledge of current market trends in the sector/region and improving their potential for employment through training and networking.

Skillnets funds networks by co-investing with network member companies in the delivery of training. Networks are co-financed at up to 50% by Skillnets which demonstrates a significant investment by enterprise.

The Skillnets Board includes representatives of the employer bodies; Irish Business & Employers Confederation, Chambers Ireland, Construction Industry Federation, Small Firms Association, as well as representatives of employee bodies through the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and also representatives of the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

Skillnets is funded from the National Training Fund (NTF) through the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE).

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Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne Teo.

Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne Teo. (C.F.C.D. Group) has been active in Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, in West Kerry, for nearly four decades. It was established to promote the regeneration of the rural economy of seven parishes in West Kerry, which, between them cover most of the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht. It has since developed into a financially stable, well-managed and successful organisation, which combines the promotion of Economic Development with the promotion of the Irish Language, Culture and Heritage.

C.F.C.D Group has by now developed a co-operative with very high levels of expertise and experience in Irish-Language education, training in a variety of skills, including technological skills, generic skills through its FAS scheme, and the promotion of native and local culture and heritage. The comharchumann has been acting as network promoter of South West Gnó Skillnet since 2007 and has gained much experience as a result.

It continues to operate profitably, with Coláistí Samhraidh (which now attract almost 2,500 students annually), it’s Fás training programmes (which currently attract over twenty participants annually),its Skillnets project, its heritage activities and its adult education programmes (involving about five hundred students per annum) all contributing to covering overheads and generating profit